N.D. Historical Society director retiring
BISMARCK – Merl Paaverud, the State Historical Society director who has led the agency through a $51.7 million renovation and expansion of the North Dakota Heritage Center and the pending purchase of the boyhood home of famous bandleader Lawrence Welk, said he plans to retire in November.
Paaverud officially announced his retirement to the State Historical Board during its meeting Friday in New Town, after having informally told board members about a month ago.
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